Less than a month after the season opener was canceled, IndyCar Series CEO Mark Miles outlined a new vision for scheduling Tuesday that includes more races, fit perfectly between football seasons in hopes of adding interest and fans.
The television channel organizing and promoting the March 8 race released a statement on Thursday saying the decision was made by the local government in the city of Brasilia. IndyCar officials appeared to be caught by surprise.
The 43-year-old Gordon, who was raised in the Hendricks County town of Pittsboro, is coming off one of his best seasons in years. He won four times in 2014, including the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.
In the 19 months since Dan Andersen took over Indy Lights—he has a long-term lease with an option to buy—he has grown the series from 12 races to 16; doubled the field size with a goal of 25 cars by next year; and inked critical sponsorships.